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July 4th, 2014

The Hour of the Dragon (also published as Conan the Conqueror) was Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel. Written in 1934, it reworks some material from earlier short stories and was published in serial form in Weird Tales in late 1935 and early 1936. It shows that Howard was quite capable of writing in the longer format although for a pulp writer a novel was not a particularly attractive proposition, short stories being much easier to sell.

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June 25th, 2014

The Vanished Legion

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Donald E. Keyhoe became quite well-known in the 1950s and 1960s as a UFO researcher. In the 1930s he’d been a prolific contributor to pulp magazines and it’s clear that the former Marine Corps pilot’s interest in the weird was already very well established. The seven stories in The Vanished Legion were published in Dare-Devil Aces magazine from 1932 to 1934.

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Tarzan remains Edgar Rice Burroughs' most famous creation. Apart from the huge sales of the many Tarzan novels the character appeared in numerous movies and television series. Like Sherlock Holmes Tarzan is an indelible part of our popular culture. People who’ve never read a Tarzan book know who Tarzan is.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes

March 7th, 2014

Zenith Rand, Planet Vigilante is a slim collection of three short stories by Richard Tooker published in the pulp magazine Mystery Adventure Magazine between June and October 1936. They’re science fiction adventure stories, or perhaps it would be more accurate to classify them as what would later come to be called Sword and Planet fiction.

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Zenith Rand Planet Vigilante

October 13th, 2013

The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual contains the first three adventures of occult detective Semi Dual, originally published in the pulp magazine The Cavalier Magazine in 1912. All three are novella-length, and all three will provide a good deal of enjoyment to pulp fiction fans.

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October 4th, 2013

The Land of Ophir

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Charles Beadle’s The Land of Ophir was originally published as a three-part serial in Adventure magazine in 1922. The 2012 paperback edition from Off-Trail Publications represents its first appearance in book form.

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Land of Ophir

September 30th, 2013

Satan’s Daughter and Other Tales from the Pulps from Wildside Press collects thirteen stories by E. Hoffmann Price (1898-1988) that were published in various pulp magazines in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Satan’s Daughter

September 22nd, 2013

Return of Sumuru

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Sax Rohmer made his reputation, and his fortune, with his Fu Manchu books. Fu Manchu is one of fiction’s great villains but Rohmer’s other memorable villain, Sumuru, is every bit as fascinating. Rohmer wrote five Sumuru novels during the 1950s with Return of Sumuru (published in Britain as Sand and Satin) being the fourth.

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September 16th, 2013

Considering that he was one of the major pulp fiction writers of the pre-WW2 era it’s somewhat surprising that relatively few of Robert E. Howard’s stories have been adapted for film. There’s Conan the Barbarian of course, and the recent (and rather underrated) Solomon Kane. The early 60s horror anthology series Thriller (the one hosted by Boris Karloff) featured a fairly good adaptation of one of Howard’s best stories, Pigeons From Hell. And I think there was a King Kull movie in the 80s?

Apart from Pigeons From Hell did any other Robert E. Howard’s stories get adapted for television in the numerous science ficton/mystery/horror anthology TV series that were so popular from the 1950s right through to the early 1970s?

September 13th, 2013

Jeremy Lane’s lost world fantasy story was first published in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly as The Fragrant Web in 1919. The following year it was published in book form as Yellow Men Sleep.

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Yellow Men Sleep

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